Requiem for a MacBook

Last night I handed over my 2007-vintage BlackBook to my sister in law, whose IBM ThinkPad has been compromised — most probably by her kids clicking on banner ads.

Though this is the last version of Apple’s consumer portable to have FireWire (and target disk mode) built-in, it has become too cumbersome for me to cart around and has been replaced by a diminutive Asus Eee PC running Linux.

What I’ll miss:

  • That it was generally a stable product, probably because I kept OS X Tiger on it and never went near Leoptard.
  • (oddly enough) iSync – though not unique to this particular machine, I did store all my PIM data here. I’ve since moved on to a “cloud-based” PIM 2.0 app, but through all my trials of Nokia smartphones iSync never let me down.

And not so much:

  • The heft – in this day and age, this thing was just too big to carry around comfortably. That fugly briefcase I had didn’t help much either.
  • The glossy screen – it looked great in the store and terrible everywhere else.
  • The fan – it seemed to kick in at full blast for no apparent reason and was annoyingly loud when it did.
  • Paying an extra $200 CAD to get it in black. That was dumb.

By Andrew

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  1. I still have a desktop Mac for production work (mostly with Final Cut Pro) but honestly, I’ll be looking into dual-booting that machine with Linux over the summer and if all goes well, wiping OS X entirely by the end of the year.

  2. AC:

    I’m still happily using my 2004 iBook, albeit with Leopard installed to replace Panther because Tiger had left the market when I bought the iBook.

    My 2003 G5 is still going strong with Tiger, but I’ve reached the end of the upgrade road for most hardware and Final Cut. It, too, has the roaring fan syndrome sometimes–one of the firmware patches to fix a problem with fans made my machine roar more often than it did prior.

    I will replace them someday with new machines, but they both do what I need them to do quite well. I’ve never had a Windows-based machine last as long without major hardware or software problems

    My Dell laptop with Ubuntu and XP partitions has a finicky touchpad that keeps sending the mouse into the top right corner, so that machine is more paperweight than PC. Will I ever replace the Dell? Not likely. I was impressed with Ubuntu, and XP is still my least-despised Windows OS, but the Mac OS is still my favourite.


  3. Why not put Ubuntu on the ThinkPad, or do a clean Windows install and just stay away from banners?

    I too am a Mac fan and love my MacBook Pro, but my ThinkPad running Vista is just as fast and reliable. Each have their advantages and disadvantages, but the gap has narrowed greatly.

  4. AC:

    This fall, you’ll be able to get an Acer netbook with Android:
    I’m sure it won’t be the only netbook available for back-to-school and Christmas with a non-Windows OS.


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